May 16, 2018
This weekend we celebrate an important Feast in the liturgical year – Pentecost. We celebrate that the Holy Spirit, which Jesus had promised, came upon the first disciples, empowering them to go out and preach the Good News, and to BE the Good News. We have all received the Spirit, in the Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation, however for many this dynamic role of the Holy Spirit remains dormant and the grace of God unused because we have not opened ourselves to the Spirit. This requires a risk on our part, because the Holy Spirit, active in us, will manifest itself in innumerable gifts and signs that we may not be accustomed to, and we know this will ask of us a new and different way to BE and DO with and for God. Bogdan Janski, Peter Semenenko and Jerome Kajsiewicz were men of faith who were willing to take that risk, and opened themselves to the fullness of life of the Holy Spirit. They became instruments of the resurrection of society, and they were ‘stretched’ in many ways to make the life of God manifest to the people they came to serve and touch. Let our Pentecost this year be one of risk for us, to allow the Holy Spirit to be made manifest in what we say and do. Let us truly risk, for Spirit sake.